[env-trinity] Sacramento Bee 4/21/10
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Thu Apr 22 10:32:47 PDT 2010
State officials delay decision on salmon fishing in Sacramento Valley rivers
By Matt Weiser
State wildlife officials on Wednesday delayed reopening recreational salmon
fishing in Sacramento Valley rivers, saying they needed more time to
consider the options.
The California Fish and Game Commission agreed to postpone the decision to
give state fisheries experts time to reconsider the timing and location of
the fishing options for fall-run Chinook salmon. Fishing for the species has
been banned since 2007 due to a sharp decline in its population.
The in-river fishery must not exceed a harvest quota of 8,200 salmon, which
was set April 15 by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Department
of Fish and Game had little time to respond to that quota with its fishing
options before Wednesday's commission meeting.
The options described to The Bee in a story published Tuesday prompted
concerns from anglers that too many salmon might be taken in the Feather
River, said Department of Fish and Game Fisheries Branch Chief Neil Manji.
Others complained that the state failed to allow enough fishing upstream of
the Red Bluff Diversion Dam on the Sacramento River.
The commission will vote on revised proposals at its May 5 meeting in
Byron Leydecker, JcT
Chair, Friends of Trinity River
PO Box 2327
Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327
415 383 4810 land/fax (call first to fax)
415 519 4810 mobile
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